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Everything Must Go...
Feed is a very cynical 2002 Cyberpunk, young adult novel by M.T. Anderson, exploring the life of Anti-Hero protagonist Titus, in a dystopian future where technology has advanced so far that "Feeds" or miniature-computers are implanted into about 73% the population's brains.
The main plot of the story is Titus' relationship with a girl named Violet. After a party, Titus, Violet, and the rest of their friends are damaged by a hacker. They are eventually released after a brief visit at the hospital.
Then it all goes to Hell.
Not to be confused with the first volume of the Newsflesh trilogy.
Tropes used in Feed include:
- Advert Overloaded Future: As mentioned below, there are modifications that can force you to plug products all the time.
- And I Must Scream: Violet, towards the end.
- Anti-Hero: A type 1 in Titus.
- Boy Meets Girl: It doesn't go well...
- Buffy-Speak: The text is absolutely fugueing littered with bizarre Future Slang, and it is meg skip.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Titus' little brother, who is so grating that he's never even properly named in-story.
- Chekhov's Gun: You know how Violet wanted to make a profile that couldn't be traced? It's why no company would invest in fixing her
- Crapsack World: However, as seen from Titus' point of view, it is probably more of a Crap Saccharine World.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Violet's dad, after his BSOD.
Fuck you! Fuck you forever and ever! Fuck you forever and ever and ever!!!
- Converse with the Unconscious: Titus at the end.
- Downer Ending: Violet is dead, the Earth is becoming uninhabitable, and absolutely nothing else has improved since the beginning... Y'think?
- Earth That Used to Be Better
- Everything Is Online: Literally.
- Future Imperfect: Naturally.
- Grow Old with Me: This and being Happily Married to Titus are the focus of several of Violet's entries on her dreams list.
- Heroic BSOD: Violet's dad might count, although not technically being a main protagonist in the story.
- Humans Are Bastards
- Humans Are Flawed
- Humans Are Morons
- Humans Are Psychic in the Future: The Feeds essentially allow the characters to read eachother's minds by connecting with their Feeds.
- Lemony Narrator
- MacGuffin Girl: Violet.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Violet could be considered one as well as a Deconstruction of one, with her situation basically asking "what if The Hero wasn't willing to give up normalcy for the girl?"
- Megass Corp: It controls almost everything in the world, including the schools and the production of air.
- New Media Are Evil
- Psychic Link
- Running Gag: The fictional song "I'll Sex You In" shows up on many occasions, along with the hit show Oh! Wow! Thing!
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Violet's father. Until his BSOD, that is.
- Smithical Marriage
- Space Whale Aesop
- Strange Girl: Violet, defintely.
- The Time Machine: Referenced.
- Verbal Tic: It's mentioned towards the end that there's actually body modifications that can force you to advertise products in every sentence you say. A rather dark take on the trope.
- What the Hell, Hero?: This encompasses about half of Part 4, with the rest being Pet the Dog.
Everything must go.